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Rajul A. Patel, PharmD, PhD



Phone: 209.946.3151


BA in Psychology, Johns Hopkins University, 1993

BS in Biology, Johns Hopkins University, 1994

PharmD, University of the Pacific, 2001

PhD in Pharmacoeconomics, University of the Pacific, 2006

Curriculum Vitae 

At Pacific Since: 2005

Rajul A. Patel '01, '06, PharmD, PhD earned a bachelor of arts in psychology and a bachelor of science in biology from Johns Hopkins University. He earned a doctor of pharmacy and a doctor of philosophy from University of the Pacific. He joined the Pacific faculty in 2005.

Dr. Patel is an integral part of the health care outreach introductory pharmacy practice experiences at Pacific as a faculty coordinator and preceptor. Dr. Patel oversees the Medicare Part D community outreach program, which is targeted to Medicare beneficiaries. The goals of the Medicare Part D community efforts include lowering out-of-pocket prescription medication expenses, improving drug therapy outcomes and enhancing the quality-of-life of assisted beneficiaries.

What he loves about teaching at Pacific is the opportunity to work in a close-knit environment, which he believes facilitates quality learning. For Dr. Patel, his students are at the center of everything he does, whether it is teaching, mentoring or working with them on research. It is his goal in his role at Pacific to help put students in a position to succeed as future practitioners.

Dr. Patel is a member of the American Public Health Association, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. He is also involved in the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, the Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society, the Rho Chi Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi.

Dr. Patel considers himself to be a kid at heart. He enjoys both watching and playing sports, especially basketball, volleyball, golf and racquetball. In 2011, he was asked to be a faculty guest coach for the men's volleyball team. He is the tallest member of his family for at least three generations by at least seven inches. His interests also include dining at restaurants he hasn't been to before and writing poetry.


Teaching Philosophy: "To most effectively communicate the subject matter at hand in a way that best ensures student learning and retention."

PHRM 151- Pharmacoeconomics, Benefits and Outcomes
PRAC 141- Medicare Part D and Medication Therapy Management- Application and Outreach
PRAC 142- Intro to the Medicare Benefit & Medication Therapy Management


Research Summary: "My research aims to evaluate the clinical, economic and/or humanistic (quality-of-life) outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries."

Research Interests:

  • Medicare Part D
  • Outcomes Analysis
  • Pharmacoeconomics of Chronic Disease States


* indicates peer-reviewed work

* Carr-Lopez SM, Mai Y, Mahdavi B, Lopez CM, Patel RA. "Use of Central Pulse Pressure and Central   Augmentation Index to Identify Cardiovascular Risk at Mobile Health Clinics."  BAOJ Pharm Sci 2015;1: 012.
* Patel RA, Walberg MP, Mai Y, McElroy N, Mallya A, Kim A, Seo J, Woelfel JA. "Medicare Part D Optimization: Potential Out-of-Pocket Savings through Plan Reexamination." Am J Pharm Benefits. 2015;7(2):84-91

* Woelfel JA, Patel RA, Lee H, Chu S, Ranson C, Patel B, Italia U, Walberg MP, Carr-Lopez SM, Galal SM. "An Overview and Study of Beneficiaries' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceptions of the Medicare Part D Benefit." The Consultant Pharmacist. 2015 Feb;30(2):101-111.

* Patel RA, Vo KA, Chu T, Wang K, Lu S, Woelfel JA, Carr-Lopez SM, Galal SM. "Minimizing out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries: Not just 'a drop in the bucket'". J Am Pharm Assoc. 2014;54.594-603.

* Carr-Lopez SM, Galal SM, Vyas D, Patel RA, Gnesa EH. "The Utility of Concept Maps to Facilitate Higher-Level Learning in a Large Classroom Setting." American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2014; 78(9) Article 170.